Cookeville, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State University women's basketball team battled the whole night but couldn't pull out the win in an, 80-71, loss to Tennessee Tech on the road Monday night in the Eblen Center.
Tennessee State (6-11, 2-3 OVC) shot 37.1 percent from the field but only managed a dismal 8.3 shooting percentage (1-of-12) from three-point range. Tennessee Tech (6-11, 2-2 OVC) knocked down 40.3 percent of its shots, including 31.3 percent (5-of-16) from beyond the arc.
Tech had three players to score in double figures led by Tacarra Hayes' 27. Jala Harris (22) and Brittany Darling (13) also posted double-digits.
TSU used its first timeout of the game in an attempt to slow Tennessee Tech down after falling behind, 10-2, with only two and half minutes ticked off the clock. Tech answered with a triple out of the break and stretched the advantage to 20-7 at the 13:23 mark.
The Lady Tigers posted four unanswered to cut the deficit down to single digits but the Golden Eagles went back up, 25-13. Over the next couple of minutes, TSU began to chip away at the lead.
A 10-4 run capped by an old fashioned three-point play by Avery Jones made the score, 29-23, in favor of Tennessee Tech 7:52 remaining in the half.
The Lady Tigers stayed within striking distance and went into halftime trailing, 41-36.
TSU opened the second half with a 6-2 run to pull within one before a three-point play by Tayla Foster gave the Lady Tigers a, 45-43, lead. From there it was a battle that stayed close until Tech used an 8-2 spurt to create a little distance.
The Lady Tigers were down, 60-52, when a 6-1 rally pulled TSU within three. TTU answered with five straight points to go ahead, 66-58, with 4:38 remaining.
TSU once again chopped the deficit down to four but TTU knocked down a three-pointer on the next play to make the score, 71-64.
Tayla Foster hit two freebies with 1:36 left to chop the deficit down to five but two quick scores gave TTU a double-digit lead, 76-66, with 52 seconds left in the game.
Rachel Allen hit a jumper with two seconds left to make the final score, 80-71.
Both teams committed 13 turnovers as TSU held a slight edge in rebounds, 45-44. The Lady Tigers made 23-of-62 (68.6 percent) from the free-throw line while the Golden Eagles went 25-of-36 (69.4 percent) from the charity stripe.
The Lady Tigers return to action on their home court when they host SIU Edwardsville in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday, Jan. 14. Game time is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the Gentry Center.